Suicide possibly linked to San Francisco postal
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
December 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police are investigating
the possible connection between the suicide of a U.S. Postal Service
employee on Wednesday and the execution-style shooting of a post
office supervisor the day before in San Francisco.
According to police Sgt. Steve Mannina, homicide inspectors are
looking into the possibility that Julius Tartt, a 39-year-old
postal employee, may have killed Genevieve Ruiz, 53, Tuesday morning
as she left her Visitacion Valley home for work.
Ruiz, a post office customer service supervisor and a mother
of four, was apparently getting into her silver sport utility
vehicle just before 6 a.m. to head to the post office at 180 Napoleon
St. when she was shot.
An hour passed, however, before her body was found because a
call wasn't made to the police until just before 7 a.m.
Tartt was found dead Wednesday afternoon off Bluebell Drive in
Livermore, the result of an apparent suicide, according to the
Alameda County coroner's office.
Tartt worked as a postal carrier under the supervision of Paez
at the Napoleon Street branch, according to police.
Rumors are swirling
on the Internet that Paez and Tartt had some problems in their
working relationship. More than 50 comments have come in on a
story on Postalreporter.com,
an insider Web site for postal employees.
Some of the comments paint an unflattering picture of relations
among supervisors and mail carriers throughout the U.S. Postal
Service. Other comments wish Paez's family well and call for a
A post office spokesman did not return calls for comment yesterday
and employees at the Napoleon branch refused to comment.
Mannina added that the Police Department would not make any announcement
unless there was a definitive link between Tartt's suicide and
Paez's killing. Investigators are now working with ballistics
evidence to see if the gun used in Paez's killing matches the
one used in Tartt's suicide.
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